Red Wings – Kings Pregame Notes

Chris Osgood returns to the Red Wings’ crease tonight as Detroit hosts the Los Angeles Kings. This marks his first start since a 6-5 shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on February 15.

Tomas Kopecky also returns to the lineup, taking his spot on the fourth line with Ville Leino moved up to the second line to take the injured Marian Hossa‘s spot.

Hossa, hurt during the second period of Wednesday’s win over San Jose, is questionable for tomorrow’s matchup in Nashville.

Chris Chelios and Brett Lebda are healthy scratches. Lebda has recovered from his back injury enough to play if called upon.

I’ll probably miss the start of this one while I’m working on some projects around the house. I’ll catch up as soon as I can.

Red Wings Injury Updates

Khan reports that Brad Stuart will return to the Detroit lineup on Wednesday. Stuart hasn’t played in over a month after suffering injuries to his ribs and back while crashing head-first into the boards in Phoenix.

Brett Lebda is also close to returning but will not play against San Jose.

Ty Conklin will get the start in goal for the Red Wings against the Sharks. Chris Osgood will start Friday against the Los Angeles Kings.

Friday the 13th Pregame Notes

It’s Friday the 13th and the Red Wings are hoping it won’t be unlucky for them as they face the Blue Jackets in Columbus. By my records, Detroit is 3-2-1 in franchise history on Friday the 13th, with a two-game losing streak.

Derek Meech comes into the Wings’ lineup to replace the injured Brett Lebda. That’s the only lineup change for the Red Wings as Chris Osgood gets a second start in as many nights.

Steve Mason gets the start for Columbus, returning from a bout with mono.

The Red Wings’ full Friday the 13th history?

12/13/1940 – 3-2 W vs. NY Rangers
11/13/1981 – 3-3 T at Washington
11/13/1992 – 8-0 W vs. Pittsburgh
10/13/1995 – 9-0 W vs. Edmonton
11/13/1998 – 5-1 L vs. Dallas
10/13/2006 – 3-2 SOL (2-1) vs. Buffalo

Red Wings – Wild Postgame Notes

That was a dominating effort from the Red Wings.

You might be able to fault Chris Osgood on the first goal but it was a five-on-three so I’ll cut him some slack. The second goal Mikael Samuelsson just got absolutely burned on. Yeah, he only faced 20 shots or so, but I’m calling that a solid night for Ozzie.

Playing with the lead let Detroit do a lot to prepare for tomorrow in Columbus. Tomas Kopecky was out for for a power play shift late in the game, that’s a sign of resting the top players on the first of back-to-back nights.

Also getting more playing time: Ville Leino and Darren Helm, who I have no idea how the Red Wings are going to keep from sending back to Grand Rapids but they need to find a way, they deserve to be in the NHL. Both have been moving all over the place and Leino’s been showing he’s not afraid to go to the net. His wraparound goal broke Minnesota’s back.

I don’t like that the hit that took Brett Lebda out of the game wasn’t called a charge but at least Derek Meech is healthy and will be able to go tomorrow. Hopefully Lebda’s not hurt too bad, with Brad Stuart out the Red Wings don’t have as much defensive depth as I’m sure they’d like.

No surprise to anyone but Marian Hossa is a machine. No goals tonight but two very nice assists.

Shorthanded Red Wings Fall to Blue Jackets

The Detroit Red Wings were without two of their top three forwards and two of their top four defensemen Tuesday night and the Columbus Blue Jackets took advantage, with their top player scoring all three of the team’s goal in a 3-2 overtime win.

The Red Wings started the game short a man due to the suspensions of Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk and the injury of Brad Stuart. They then lost Henrik Zetterberg to back spasms with about 5:00 left in the first period.

Rick Nash scored on the power play, while shorthanded, and during the four-on-four overtime to carry his team to the win. Detroit got goals from Marian Hossa and Brett Lebda.

Hossa opened the game’s scoring on a power play at 8:55 of the first period, banging home the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot from the blue line that missed the Columbus net.

Nash tied the game with 8:55 left in the second period, scoring a shorthanded goal on a breakaway after a giveaway by Derek Meech.

Lebda put the Wings in front again 29 seconds later, hesitating at the blue line to let a screen form in front of goalie Steve Mason before blasting a shot over his shoulder.

Nash’s power play goal evened things up less than two minutes after that as he scored on a seemingly-harmless shot from along the goal line that deflected off of Brian Rafalski before bouncing off of netminder Chris Osgood‘s back and in.

The game-winning goal came 3:27 into OT when a bouncing puck came to Nash at the side of the net and he put it in behind Osgood.

Osgood finished the night with 20 saves on 23 shots against. Mason made 21 saves on the same number of shots.

Red Wings – Kings Pregame Notes

A little early to kick things off for a 10:30 start but I already mentioned being sick and I’m afraid that if I don’t do it now I might forget to do it at all.

The Red Wings have a series of lineup changes coming up for tonight’s matchup with the Kings, as Ty Conklin, Chris Chelios and Kirk Maltby all get into the game.

Conklin backed up Chris Osgood in Anaheim last night but Maltby and Chelios were both healthy scratches. Chelios replaces Brett Lebda on the blue line and Maltby retakes his spot on the fourth forward unit after Meech had it last night.

Lebda did not play for the final 27:42 in Anaheim, replaced by Meech after the latter returned from an injury. It would appear that he is either injured or in coach Mike Babcock‘s dog house.

Late Goals Lift Red Wings Past Sabres

Ryan Miller was a wall in net for the Buffalo Sabres, with the Detroit Red Wings only able to solve him once in the first 57 minutes of play Saturday night.

Unfortunately for Buffalo, the Wings’ plan of wearing down Miller eventually worked as Mikael Samuelsson and Marian Hossa scored in the game’s final three minutes to give the Red Wings a 3-1 win over the Sabres.

“We were hoping to wear (Miller) down. We thought if we stayed at their net, we’d get our opportunities,” Red Wings’ coach Mike Babcock said. “He made some great saves early, but we stayed patient and were able to get the win.”

Samuelsson scored with 2:34 remaining in the third period to break the tie, flipping a backhander past Miller while cutting across the front of the net after taking a feed from Jiri Hudler.

Hossa scored with 1:35 left in the game, powering a shot off the underside of Miller’s arm, just sneaking through the netminder’s equipment and into the net.

Derek Roy had opened the scoring for Buffalo 5:03 into the first period, lifting a rebound chance over Detroit goalie Ty Conklin‘s pad.

Hudler tied the game with three minutes remaining in the second period on a one-timer off a pass from Brett Lebda.

The Red Wings now have a six-game winning streak and have won seven games in a row at home. They’ll begin a six-game road trip on Monday in Dallas.

The Red Wings were without defenseman Niklas Kronwall, who was a late scratch… Roy’s goal broke Conklin’s home shutout streak at 143 minutes and 49 seconds.

Red Wings – Blue Jackets Pregame Notes

The Red Wings ride their three-game winning streak into a matchup with the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.

After Chris Osgood‘s successful return to the ice on Saturday, Ty Conklin gets the start in net for Detroit as coach Mike Babcock attempts to start a goalie rotation. Osgood is slated to get the nod on Thursday against Dallas.

Chris Chelios and Brett Lebda will be the Wings’ third defensive pair, with Andreas Lilja and Derek Meech coming out of the lineup.

The Blue Jackets will get winger Jared Boll back into their lineup but will be missing Raffi Torres. Rookie Steve Mason is expected to start in net.

Osgood Returns to Lead Red Wings Past Wild

Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood made his first appearance in net since a December 15 loss in Colorado, stopping 33 shots and two shootout attempts to lead the Red Wings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Osgood had been struggling before a groin injury kept him out for over two weeks, posting a 3.19 goals-against average and a .876 save percentage in sharp contrast to his 12-2-4 record.

“I want to win, that’s all,” Osgood said. “It’s a fresh start to the year, a new chance to have a real good second half, and that’s what matters most to me. The most important thing for me is I feel real good for the first time all year, so that’s good.”

Pavel Datsyuk scored a highlight-reel goal in the shootout, faking out Wild netminder Josh Harding before putting the puck into the top of the net. Combined with Osgood’s stops on Krys Kolanos and Mikko Koivu and a missed chance by Brent Burns it gave the Red Wings the win.

Detroit scored first with 3:43 remaining in the opening period. Henrik Zetterberg took the puck behind the net during a Detroit line change and four Wild players followed him, leaving Mikael Samuelsson wide open as he jumped off the bench and into the play for a one-timer into the back of the net.

The Red Wings carried that lead into the third period but lost it quickly as the Wild scored twice in the first minute of the final frame.

Just 35 seconds into the period, Owen Nolan put a backhander past Osgood from in front of the net, scoring on the rebound of a Brent Burns chance from the blue line just after a five-on-three for Minnesota expired.

Sixteen seconds later, Antii Miettinen capitalized on a turn over by Niklas Kronwall and snapped a shot past Osgood to put the Wild in front.

Detroit tied the game on a disputed power play goal with 4:37 remaining. Nicklas Lidstrom fired a shot off the glass behind the goal and as it bounced back out front, Johan Franzen swatted it out of the air and into the net. Initially ruled to have been played with a high stick, video replay overturned the call and made it a goal.

The Red Wings will be back on the ice on Tuesday when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Harding stopped 35 of 37 shots against and made a save on Henrik Zetterberg in the shootout… Brett Lebda was a healthy scratch in favor of Derek Meech, who got his first playing time on defense since November 11… The Red Wings’ first power play of the game came with 8:12 remaining in the third period.

Conklin Blanks Oilers in First Wings Home Start

Goaltender Ty Conklin made his first home start as a member of the Detroit Red Wings a memorable one, stopping all twenty shots he faced in leading the Wings to a 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

Conklin is now 5-1 with Detroit.

Niklas Kronwall‘s five-on-three goal 6:11 into the game would have been enough for the win but it didn’t have to be.

Kronwall scored on a quick wrister from the right faceoff circle after jumping in from the point to take a pass from Henrik Zetterberg.

Just 3:00 into the second period Mikael Samuelsson put Detroit up by a pair, tipping a Brett Lebda pass from the corner past Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson.

Jiri Hudler deflected a shot off of defenseman Sheldon Souray and into the net with 5:42 left in the second and Johan Franzen scored on a great individual effort midway through the third, outwaiting Roloson before lifting a shot from at the goal line off the goalie’s glove and into the net.

Conklin was rarely tested in what might have been Detroit’s best defensive effort of the season. His stops on back-to-back two-on-ones in the second period kept Edmonton from getting back in the game.

Roloson made 37 saves on 41 shots in net for the Oilers.

Chris Osgood will get his chance against Edmonton on Thursday when the Red Wings visit Rexall Place for a rematch against the Oilers.

The assist on Samuelsson’s goal was Lebda’s first point of the season… Darren McCarty fought Zach Stortini three minutes into the game.

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